Passport Verification (PPV)

Updated 4/22/2022

All international students have an STU50 (for graduate students) or STU60 (for undergraduate students) hold on their USC account. This hold is lifted once students arrive in the United States (U.S.) and complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS). PPV is a mandatory procedure that verifies a student’s entry to the U.S. as well as their immigration status to ensure the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester. Failure to complete PPV in a timely manner will affect your eligibility to legally remain in the U.S.


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F-1 and J-1 Students

Students Starting Their Program from Abroad as Non-F-1 Students for Summer 2022

The decision to begin an academic program from abroad is at the discretion of the academic department. Therefore, students should first consult their plans with their academic advisor. Students who are unable to begin their program in-person for Summer 2022 and need to begin their program from abroad as non-F-1 students cannot complete PPV at this time as they are not in the U.S. Instead, they must submit the Request for Temporary Lift of Registration Hold to OIS for review. Academic advisor’s approval is required on the request form. Graduate Viterbi students, your VASE advisor must sign the form. The STU50/60 hold will be temporarily lifted to facilitate online course registration for Summer 2022. Students may also need an updated Form I-20/DS-2019 for Fall 2022. OIS will review each request and issue an updated Form I-20/DS-2019 if needed. Students will need to complete PPV once they have entered the country for Fall 2022. The STU50/60 hold will be permanently lifted upon successful completion of Fall 2022 PPV.

Students who are admitted to USC for Summer 2022 but are unable to begin their academic program should notify their academic department to discuss their options.

Students Starting In-Person Study at USC for the First Time in Summer 2022

Summer 2022 PPV will begin: March 28, 2022

All students who arrive in the U.S. for the first time in Summer 2022 or transfer their SEVIS record from another U.S. institution (and have not left the U.S.) must complete PPV. This includes any student who may have started their program from abroad through online enrollment in 2020, 2021 and spring 2022; and anyone who has been studying at another U.S. institution and transferring their SEVIS record to USC. Students who started their program from abroad and do not have a USC I-20 for Summer 2022 should request one from OIS. Instructions on how to request the Initial Attendance Form I-20 for Summer 2022 is available here. OIS will remove the existing STU50/60 hold within three business days from the submission date. For all other course registration inquiries, contact your academic advisor or department coordinator.

Fall 2022 PPV will begin: available soon

OIS Passport Verification (PPV) Instructions

STEP 1. Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2. Watch the New Student Information Session video (PowerPoint Version)
STEP 3. Login to the PPV Document Submission System to upload your immigration documents

Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
F-1 Students
  1. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo ID page (sample document)
  3. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
    • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
  4. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
    • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
  5. F-1 student visa ID page (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)
J-1 Students
    1. USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
    2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
    3. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
      • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
    4. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
      • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
    5. J-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

Questions regarding PPV requirements? Email oisppv@usc.edu

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Pending Permanent Residents and Other Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Students who are pending permanent residency or on other non-immigrant visa types such as E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, or R1 who are currently in the US must complete Passport Verification (PPV).

STEP 1. Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2. Login to the PPV Document Submission System to upload your immigration documents

Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
Pending Permanent Residency:
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. Pending PR documents (sample document)
Other non-immigrant visa types (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. I-94 (Visit this website & click Get Most Recent I-94)
    • If the website does not load your I-94, take a photo of your visa stamp in your passport (example) and upload it to PPV.
  3. Travel History (Visit this website & click View Travel History)
    • If the website does not load your Travel History, complete this form and upload it to PPV.
  4. Visa stamp (sample document)

DACA/AB540 Students

DACA/AB540 students are NOT required to complete Passport Verification. Instead, email your USC ID number to oisppv@usc.edu to request to have your STU50/STU60 hold removed.


Change of Degree Level (example: BS Business Admin to MBA)

Students who have completed a degree program at USC in spring 2022 and are starting a new program at USC in summer/fall 2022 will have a STU50 hold placed on their record by USC Admissions. These students are not required to complete PPV with OIS – do not use the online PPV Document Submission System.

To remove the STU50 hold, complete the I-20 Request Form (select “Validation of higher degree” as the reason for the request). Upon submission, the student will receive a confirmation email from OIS@usc.edu. To complete the degree validation process, the student must reply to the confirmation email and attach a copy (PDF format) of the higher degree USC I-20 with Form Issue Reason as “Change of Education Level” issued by the Office of Graduate Admission.
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